Why fat-adaptation is critical to healthy weight management and how we can achieve this valuable state
An Abundant Energy Source for the Body and Brain
Humans desire a healthy weight and great body composition for various reasons. When we get fat-adapted, we put our bodies into an ideal state to burn stored fat effortlessly. Fat-adaption is the best position for the body to utilize fat as an energy source. The brain also loves it as it gets an alternative energy source from ketone bodies such as β-hydroxybutyrate as by-products of body fat.
If we achieve a fat-adapted state, we might say goodbye to weight-loss diets, expensive supplements, and excessive workouts. Instead, we can lose excess fat and keep our ideal weight with moderate movement and healthy nutrients in a relaxed way without stressing too much. Consequently, while preventing obesity, our health, well-being, joy, and life satisfaction might increase.
Fat-adaptation is a natural process. Humans survived difficult times such as famine when no food was available by being fat-adapted. This state is coded in our DNA. Our biology evolved to use stored body fat as a source of energy when no food was available. Through the mechanism of gluconeogenesis, our blood will get the required glucose from abundant amino acids and even from stored fat in the body. We hardly run out of this stored energy source as the body regulates it.
One of the most frequently asked questions from my health and fitness readers relates to fat adaptation. They want to understand why it is important and how we can achieve this worthwhile goal with practical steps. So, without theoretical details, I introduce three practical tips to achieve a fat-adapted state with small lifestyle changes. It took me three months when I started it decades ago. It might take up to six months for some people as the body and the brain rewire themselves biochemically.
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